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* [PATCH] KVM: x86/mmu: Complete prefetch for trailing SPTEs for direct, legacy MMU
@ 2021-08-18 23:56 Sean Christopherson
  2021-08-19  4:15 ` Sergey Senozhatsky
                   ` (2 more replies)
  0 siblings, 3 replies; 5+ messages in thread
From: Sean Christopherson @ 2021-08-18 23:56 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Paolo Bonzini
  Cc: Sean Christopherson, Vitaly Kuznetsov, Wanpeng Li, Jim Mattson,
	Joerg Roedel, kvm, linux-kernel, Sergey Senozhatsky, Ben Gardon

Make a final call to direct_pte_prefetch_many() if there are "trailing"
SPTEs to prefetch, i.e. SPTEs for GFNs following the faulting GFN.  The
call to direct_pte_prefetch_many() in the loop only handles the case
where there are !PRESENT SPTEs preceding a PRESENT SPTE.

E.g. if the faulting GFN is a multiple of 8 (the prefetch size) and all
SPTEs for the following GFNs are !PRESENT, the loop will terminate with
"start = sptep+1" and not prefetch any SPTEs.

Prefetching trailing SPTEs as intended can drastically reduce the number
of guest page faults, e.g. accessing the first byte of every 4kb page in
a 6gb chunk of virtual memory, in a VM with 8gb of preallocated memory,
the number of pf_fixed events observed in L0 drops from ~1.75M to <0.27M.

Note, this only affects memory that is backed by 4kb pages as KVM doesn't
prefetch when installing hugepages.  Shadow paging prefetching is not
affected as it does not batch the prefetches due to the need to process
the corresponding guest PTE.  The TDP MMU is not affected because it
doesn't have prefetching, yet...

Fixes: 957ed9effd80 ("KVM: MMU: prefetch ptes when intercepted guest #PF")
Cc: Sergey Senozhatsky <>
Cc: Ben Gardon <>
Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <>

Cc'd Ben as this highlights a potential gap with the TDP MMU, which lacks
prefetching of any sort.  For large VMs, which are likely backed by
hugepages anyways, this is a non-issue as the benefits of holding mmu_lock
for read likely masks the cost of taking more VM-Exits.  But VMs with a
small number of vCPUs won't benefit as much from parallel page faults,
e.g. there's no benefit at all if there's a single vCPU.

 arch/x86/kvm/mmu/mmu.c | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/mmu/mmu.c b/arch/x86/kvm/mmu/mmu.c
index a272ccbddfa1..daf7df35f788 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kvm/mmu/mmu.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/mmu/mmu.c
@@ -2818,11 +2818,13 @@ static void __direct_pte_prefetch(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu,
 			if (!start)
 			if (direct_pte_prefetch_many(vcpu, sp, start, spte) < 0)
-				break;
+				return;
 			start = NULL;
 		} else if (!start)
 			start = spte;
+	if (start)
+		direct_pte_prefetch_many(vcpu, sp, start, spte);
 static void direct_pte_prefetch(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu, u64 *sptep)

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2021-08-18 23:56 [PATCH] KVM: x86/mmu: Complete prefetch for trailing SPTEs for direct, legacy MMU Sean Christopherson
2021-08-19  4:15 ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2021-08-25 22:49 ` Lai Jiangshan
2021-08-26 21:35   ` Ben Gardon
2021-09-23 16:27 ` Paolo Bonzini

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